- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons water
- Sesame seeds
Dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter and 3-1/2 cups flour; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft
On a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8minutes.
Place in greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and
let rise in warm place until doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down.
Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Divide
into six portions. On a floured surface, shape each into a 14-in.-long
rope. For each loaf, braid three ropes together on greased baking
sheet; pinch ends to seal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 50
to 60 minutes. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over loaves. Sprinkle
with sesame seeds. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.